IslandWood Graduate Programs

  • WA


4450 Blakely Avenue NE
Bainbridge Island
United States

About Us

Whether in the forest or in the city, our graduate programs in Education for Environment and Community and in Urban Environmental Education offer hands-on teaching and practicum experiences, collaboration, and one-on-one mentoring. Gain the skills to help children understand their connection to their environment and create the next generation of community and environmental stewards. 

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The graduate program in Education for Environment and Community at IslandWood is based on the principle that a more sustainable future demands knowledgeable, committed, and reflective educators. Each year, our graduate students learn, teach, and live with us in a spectacular natural setting. Together we explore the meaning and power of education, environment, and community. Students share their knowledge with culturally diverse communities through hands-on teaching experiences.

During their time at IslandWood, graduate students take courses in educational theory and practice while guiding a diverse population of elementary school students through investigations in science and human systems. Our talented faculty, forested campus, and proximity to a dynamic urban center distinguish IslandWood as a one-of-a-kind opportunity to begin or enrich a lifelong commitment to children, education, and the environment. IslandWood’s Graduate Program is offered in partnership with the University of Washington College of Education


IslandWood, in partnership with Antioch University Seattle, offers an M. A. Urban Environmental Education that prepares educators to address urban environmental issues through the social, educational, economic and cultural aspects of urban life. 

The program is immersed in an urban community where academics are supported by deep immersion in schools and community organizations that provide affordable housing, access to healthy food, health services, public utilities, civic government. Working with communities through collective impact measures, education becomes a powerful means to create environmental outcomes using relevant and meaningful educational strategies including entrepreneurship, youth and community development, and environmental justice.